World Mental Health Day: Time to Act

Awareness is just the start. It's time to act.

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More and more of us are aware of mental health. But so many of us aren’t getting the right support. We’re still facing stigma and discrimination. And the cost-of-living crisis is only making it harder to look after our mental health.

That’s why it’s clear – awareness is just the start. Now it’s time to act.

That could be fundraising for BLG Mind. It could be volunteering for us. Or it could be you taking the first step to support your own or someone else’s mental health. There are so many ways to take action this October.

Big or small, whatever you do you’ll be joining the fight for mental health. Your actions will help to make a real difference.

Awareness is just the start. It’s time to act. What will you do this World Mental Health Day?

Three ways you can act

  1. Talk about mental health

Starting a conversation is a powerful way to challenge mental health stigma and help people to think about their own perceptions and the perceptions of others. Remember, you don’t need to be mental health experts to talk about mental health and challenge stigma.

Positive conversations may lead to talking to someone about their mental health, so it is important that champions can manage this situation effectively, and that they know how to end these conversations when required.

Phrases like ‘cheer up’, ‘I’m sure it’ll pass’ and ‘pull yourself together’ definitely don’t help. Try to be non-judgemental and listen. Someone experiencing a mental health problem often knows best what’s helpful for them.

As a talking point, why not check out our helpful resources this World Mental Health Day and share them with friends, family and colleagues?

2. Volunteer with us

If you want to make a real difference in your community there are lots of ways to volunteer with us. In return for giving your time and talents, you’ll receive quality training and ongoing support.

“It helped me out so much, when I had a breakdown after my mother and father died I did everything I could to help, which helped me. I volunteered for 42 years and only missed a week.” – Maureen, Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind Volunteer

The many benefits of volunteering with BLG Mind include:

  • Making a positive difference in peoples lives
  • 24/7 access to our confidential helpline
  • Expenses paid
  • Access to internal job applications

Join our team of over 250 volunteers, working in a range of exciting services across Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich

3. Organise a fundraising event for World Mental Health Day

Whether you want to take on a running challenge, hold a bake sale, dive out of a plane or put on a concert, there are many ways to raise funds for us. Need some more inspiration? Read about how others have raised money for us.

We’ve made it even easier to raise funds for BLG Mind for World Mental Health Day. Check out our dedicated JustGiving Page which allows you to make a donation or easily set up your own Fundraiser.

There are lots of options for support out there, although you might find some are more suitable for you, or more easily available. There’s no wrong order to try things in – different things work for different people at different times.

Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind is your local, independent mental health and dementia charity. Find out more about our services on our website or call us:

Bromley: 020 3328 0365

Greenwich: 020 8853 1735

Lewisham: 020 8609 6747

Important note If someone needs urgent medical attention due to their mental health, direct them to their GP, Accident & Emergency at their nearest hospital, or the Samaritans on 116 123, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Remember – it’s always ok to ask for help – even if you’re not sure you are experiencing a specific mental health problem. Check our Emergency Help page for more info.

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